NYPD Head Bratton: U.S. and Police Profession ‘in Uncharted Waters'

The head of the NYPD says the country and the police profession are "in uncharted waters."

Commissioner William Bratton spoke to "CBS Evening News" on Sunday evening, after three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were shot to death and three others wounded by a gunman. Less than two weeks earlier, five officers were killed and nine others were injured by a sniper in Dallas

Bratton said the police's dual obligation to protect the public as well as themselves put law enforcement in "uncharted waters here at this particular point in time in American policing."

He also said it's clear police face a lack of trust in minority communities, and there has to be a way to find common ground.

After the deadly apparent ambush of officers in Baton Rouge, the NYPD said it's taking extra precautions and that NYPD officers could not do foot patrols alone.

The NYPD said, "all uniform members of service shall arrive and remain on post together. All meals and personal breaks will also be taken in pairs."

A day after the shooting in Dallas, the NYPD said that it had received 50 threats against officers but that none of those threats have been deemed credible.

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